HyeKyung Lee’s music has been described as “virtuosic fantasy where continuous rhythmic motion smoothly joined contrasting moods and effectively propelled from one section to another, showing a penchant for colorful timbres, expressive lines, and lively rhythmic interaction of instruments.”
An active composer/pianist, HyeKyung Lee has written works for diverse genres and media, from toy piano to concertos, and from electronic music to works for children’s choir. She has received the 2021 commission from the Ohio Music Teachers Association and 2017 Bonnie McElveen Hunter Commission for the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and Maestro Gerard Schwarz. Other commissiones include Columbus Children’s Choir and Columbus Symphony Youth String Orchestra, the Renée B. Fisher Piano Competition, and the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition. As a pianist, she performs works by other composers as well as her own. One highlight has been a performance of the Hindemith Sonata for Clarinet and Piano with Stanley Drucker at the Great Latin American Clarinet Congress in Lima, Peru, in 2012.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee studied at YonSei University in Seoul and the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MM, DMA in composition and a piano performance certificate. She is Associate Professor of Music at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she teaches composition, orchestration, and computer music.